This entry is dedicated to Yasmin Ahmad.
She was not just a copywriter. She was a storyteller. After a stellar career in Leo Burnett Advertising, Malaysia, she came out to do what she loves and does best : filmmaking.
Many of you may not be familiar with her commercials and work, so here’s a smattering of samples that are floating around youtube. Her work speaks the truth that we Malaysians cannot say out loud [not only for fear of ISA, but because we are either too damn polite or we are just so je ne sais quoi], that we all need to look beyond our rac and treat each others as human beings.
Click to enjoy, and please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Here’s a very lovely and touching commercial that Ms. Ahmad did for the Singaporean “Think Family” organisation. </sarcasm on> Where the esteemed censor men in our very respected censor department could not recognise, our silly Southern neighbour did. </sarcasm off>
The trailer to “Sepet” [loose translation : slitty eyes].Can you believe that our </sarcasm on> dear esteemed censorship board </sarcasm off> made her cut a few scenes out, notably a scene where a Malay girl enters a Chinese foodshop? Just cause you know, a Malay walking into a place that sells pork is rather.. scandalous and could really seriously damage our morals and influence Muslims to eat pork. Hmm. On the flipside, I don’t eat beef due to religion, and have walked / ate in places that sell beef [hello, Mickey D’s!] and I have yet to succumb.
“Muallaf” [The Convert] trailer. Not shown in Malaysia cause it’d be horribly mangled, so our lovely Southern neighbours got lucky. Methinks Foo even went to the premiere and took a picture with the esteemed Ms. Ahmad herself. *scratches head trynna remember exact post
To watch more of her movies, just youtube.com search Yasmin Ahmad.
Tis a dark and hollow time for us right now. Instead of progressing, it seems to me that we are regressing.